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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (4 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822331985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822331988
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Thanks to an impressive amount of research Tim Lawrence ...creates an evocative portrait of the Big Apple DJ demimonde of the 1970s." Peter Shapiro, The Wire "Will surely stand as the definitive history of dance music's early years." Joe Madden, Jockey Slut "Packed with detail ... without turning dull... riveting storytelling." Ethan Brown "A densely detailed and heartfelt account of the era." Time Out New York "Lawrence's astounding research and wide focus make this [disco's] definitive chronicle so far." Minneapolis City Pages "Lawrence has accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of cuing up every famed and arcane component of disco's ethos and executing a narrative possessed by a seamless grace that's comparable to the work of the legendary DJs who are duly chronicled... [A] most significant examination of this watershed period within our pop-cult heritage." Philadelphia CityPaper "Fabulous reading, and this book looks destined to become a classic, opening up a whole lost world of night-time dance culture to generations for whom previously it was merely a rather imprecise legend." Taipei Times " ... as good an introduction as you will find to an all-too-often overlooked period in musical history."--Q, June 2004 "Essential reading for anyone interested in discovering teh origins of DJing, clubbing and the music we dance to."--Easyjet Magazine, April 2004 "This brilliant study of the birth of disco and the spawning of a million different subgenres of same is crucial reading for anyone who thinks they know their club culture. Because until you've read this you might as well know nothing, nada, zilch... This illuminating work features early sightings of some of today's established movers and shakers, often while still ambitiously adolescent, with every page featuring a surprise discovery, every dark corner a new beat."--i-D Magazine, June 2004 "Love Saves the Day is a fully comprehensive, well-composed analysis of dance culture during it's most crucial and subliminal time during the seventies. Tim Lawrence has done his homework and his dynamic delivery also possesses a delightful, intimate style. This book can be enjoyed on numerous levels... Love Saves the Day is a revealing, captivating and enlightening read." --Straight No Chaser, Autumn 2004

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Tim Lawrence leads the Music Culture: Theory and Production degree program at the University of East London. He has written liner notes for" David Mancuso Presents the Loft" and" Masters at Work: The Tenth Anniversary Collection." The author's website for the book is available at www.timlawrence.info

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2004
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There's a danger of over-familiarity with the stories of 70s New York disco. The names, the venues and the labels have gone into clubland folklore and, in turn, are in danger of becoming cliche or parody. Lawrence has therefore achieved a remarkable feet in making the story seem brand new, fresh and fascinating all over again. Through intimate and painstaking interviews with seemingly hundreds of players and punters on the scene, Lawrence has come up with the definitive documented history of the, predominantly New York City, disco scene of the 1970s.
Refreshingly Lawrence focusses less on the periphery of celebrities, glitz and dodgy films, concentrating instead on the deejays, downtown club kids, music, record industry and promoters that make up the essence of disco. The scene really comes to life and familiar figures like Mancuso, Levan and many more take on a real, three dimensional character.
My only concerns are that it has a New York-centric emphasis. Manhattan being the epicentre of the scene makes this inevitable perhaps and attempting to cover other scenes in sufficient detail would have led to over a thousand pages, so I'll forgive him that.
Other readers may find the academic nature of some of the text a bit burdensome (the book started out as a Phd thesis) but if you're prepared to engage with the disco movement in a serious way then a bit of intellectual rigour doesn't go amiss. I was happy to along with his sociological theses and they steer largely clear of pretentious waffle, thankfully.
An essential book for anyone with an interest in the beauty of 70s disco and the gay, black & hispanic underground club scene that spawned it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sal on 10 July 2004
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Loves Saves the Day (LSD) is a very timely book, opening out a thorough and weighty cruise through the 1970's disco scene in America. Key to the history are the most significant DJs of the era who spin their music to a back drop of a wide and varied cross-section of urban Americans who change in type and character with the evolution of the cultural phenomenon that is disco. Breathing life into the pages are the caringly drawn people politics, sexual antics, drug habits, amusing quotes and vividly expressed opinions within the sounds and movements of these events.
No apologies for the depth and detail of this lively and informative read. It is a surprising gaze into the origins of this art form, which at its musical best has deep rooted energy, soul and passion - as experienced streaming from David Mancuso's reach for the most sublime auditory experience, and Nicky Siano's search for the most exciting... This book reveals the substance behind the Italian American led disco culture, the loft music spaces, venues and clubs into which the sounds poured and the people filled en masse.
The silver thread woven through LSD is the starry role of the DJ. The truly great figures set musical standards that shape and became one in communion with the crowd. Standards are expressed in choice of track, by quality of rapport between DJ and punters, and the musical splice. Dancers are taken on a journey into sound, of ecstatic cliff hanging highs, a low with a drug induced crash of equipment, or to the bar for a drink with a profit motive in mind.
LSD tells of an often uneasy relationship with the music industry, the money making machinery, and commercialization. It draws in a shower of contemporaneous divas and explores the creation of some great dance mixes and the origins of the 12".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By roberta cutolo on 14 Nov. 2004
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Love Saves The Day - A REVIEW
Love Saves The Day is a fully comprehensive (including enough charts and photos) well-composed analysis of dance cultures most crucial subliminal times.
An expert, dynamic approach delivered with a delightful intimate style: it can be enjoyed at all levels for being so open minded, so embellished with amusing little stories as well as being authentic and knowledgeable.
Tim Lawrence deeply and meaningfully penetrates via the eyes of the dancer, through all their moves and steps into the heart and soul of the New York dance scene of the 70's and more...
This book will most definitely reveal to the reader the captivating, enlightening and continuous link between the most significant 'disco' themes, the greatest parties which made an 'era' and the never-ending journey-quest into the true spirit of dance culture. It is a key book and not-to-be missed if anyone likes to combine knowledge with entertainment.
Roberta Cutolo
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Davies on 2 Nov. 2009
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What a remarkable, well-researched, fascinating account of this era. Having read several other books on the same subject(and enjoyed them), I can recommend this as the one that really gets to the core of it all. Its a masterful piece of work.
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